Ride Leaders are the backbone of our club one of our hardest volunteer positions to fill. The only difference between someone who rides with us and the Ride Leader
is having to know the route and what to do in case of accidents, both very easy to learn and something we are willing to teach you for free as long as you are willing to give up a few hours of your time.
Some of our rides have 3-4 Ride Leaders. If you are a Ride Leader in this scenario, you may end up leading a total of 10-12 rides per year. That gives you 40 free weeks to ride as a regular rider and move to other rides outside your scheduled leading week. However, some of our rides only have 1 or 2 regular leaders. We have a need at all levels. As our club continues to grow, we may have to break up rides into smaller groups for the safety of our riders. Ideally, we want groups of 10-12, 16 at most. B2, Tweeners, and some of the DB rides consistently go out with 20 riders in a group, or more. This lowers the safety factor of our rides. It lowers the ability to enjoy the ride if groups are consistently broken up by lights. We have all been there dreading we chose the wrong ride or wrong group.
Being a ride leader doesn't lower the enjoyment factor of our rides... being a ride leader makes your experience better. People want to learn from you; they want to follow you. So, make a commitment to giving back to the club that gives you so much enjoyment. Become a ride leader. Check out the 'Education>Classes' area of this site to learn more about how to become a ride leader.
Top 10 reasons for being a Ride Leader
- If I go down, all y’all comin’ with me!
- I don’t want to stare at the ass in front of me, give me a change in scenery.
- It’s better to lead than follow.
- I finally have people give me the respect I deserve.
- If I don’t like someone, I call out that hole ahead... very late.
- I can force people to break through the wind for me.
- I’m tired of being blinded by blinkers.
- I’m a control freak and want to know where we are going.
- I’m thankful I don’t have to draft off the guy who couldn’t lay off the bean dip last night.
- The training I receive for free from experts within our club.